I've officially reached 6 months for this pregnancy. I'm not sure if it feels long or short. Having 4 months left feels like a long time. But then I look at the list of things I want to have finished by the time she arrives, and it doesn't feel long enough! I'll tell you one thing...my belly feels BIG.
Ooops...I guess you can see the unruly cord storage in our little cabinet and the dust bunny underneath. Ahhh well. What can ya do.
Here is this pregnancy side by side with my pregnancy with Aria at 24 weeks.
I think it's safe to say I'm a little bigger and more round this time.
I'll tell you one thing...my current phone takes wayyyy better pictures than the one I had 2 years ago!
You can find the 24 Weeks post from my pregnancy with Aria here: We Are Here...24 Weeks.
Baby's Size: 12.5 inches, the size of an ear of corn
Weight: Up 7 pounds. Yes, you read that right. I gained 7 pounds since my last appointment. I told you it was coming. I'm only up 14 pounds total at 24 weeks, which is right where I need to be...but still...7 POUNDS!
Overall: Overall I'm feeling pretty good...just sort of slow and lethargic. It may have to do with the very hot days we've been having...or something else entirely.
Cravings: Grapes. They are just so big and juicy this time of year. I've also been craving orange juice pretty often. Sunflower butter and chocolate almond spread on bananas. Right now I could go for some baked cod with malt vinegar.
Symptoms: My sense of smell is off the charts. I've actually just lost a battle with our cat. Her litter box is in our downstairs bathroom. Its ALL I can smell when I get anywhere near the bathroom. Of coarse PJ can't smell it. Well, I talked PJ into moving it into the basement. Problem solved. Or so I thought.
Leia did not appreciate the move. We've moved her litter box twice before, in the past 7 years and it has never been a problem. This time apparently she decided to put her foot down. Half the time she wasn't using it. She would poop in it. But refused to pee in it. Instead, she started peeing on the rugs in the downstairs bathroom. Awesome. We moved it back upstairs this morning.
My legs have been aching like a bitch. So bad. By the evening they are throbbing as if I have a migraine in my legs. It's a wonderful consolation prize that comes along with my varicose veins from hell.
At my appointment, my midwife suggested grapeseed extract capsules to help maintain the integrity of the walls of my veins. I ordered some and I'm anxiously awaiting their arrival.
I've also noticed myself getting a lot more puffy than usual. I think I'm eating too much bread, so I've been cutting back...a lot. A lot, a lot. Just this past week I've been able to reintroduce meat, fish and eggs into my diet, without the feeling of being sick, so that helps with cutting back on bread and grains.
I tend to get puffy in the face and I get those red bumps on the back of my arms when I overdo it on the carbs. I have a lot of that going on! My midwife seems to think it is also the culprit of my recent lethargy.
Sleeping: I've been sleeping really good. I've created something that I call the "the nest". I sleep with the Snoogle behind me, curled up under my head and propped between my legs to keep my hips comfortable. Then I hug another pillow in front. Viola. The nest! Try it! You won't regret it!
Doula: We officially have our doula and I'm very excited. She's calming, thoughtful and so knowledgeable. I'm looking forward to having her as a part of our birth experience.
Our doula is actually the same doula we had during our last pregnancy...when I miscarried. She helped me tremendously through that experience.
Exercise: I'm spending most of my time running. I figure...while it feels so good, why not! I haven't been spinning the last 2 weeks because all Zoe seems to want to do is run.
Except today. Today I'm taking a day off. I'm also planning to go to bed early. I'm feeling a desire to lay in my bed for more than 12 seconds before passing out. I'm like a drunk person when I get into bed at night. I ramble something nonsensical to Pj and then pass out in record time, every single night. I'm such great company.
Maybe I'll talk PJ into watching a movie in bed after Aria goes to sleep.
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